Going on a tour amid the small canals of the Chao Phraya River appeals to those intrepid travelers wishing to glimpse a place and time that is quickly vanishing from the landscape of modern Bangkok. Our scenic Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour gives our guests the opportunity to experience a peaceful riverside atmosphere and to see a more traditional way of Thai life up close. You will be delighted to discover such a level of tranquility as you drift past enchanting wooden homes on stilts, floating kitchens, Buddhist temples, and small family businesses.
Customer feedback – “The pace was just right. Slow enough for photos and even to see the types of fruit that were growing in the trees along the canal. The colors of the houses, the smells from the kitchens, and the smiles from the locals made this tour so memorable for us.”
In days long gone, the city of Bangkok had hundreds of small canals, known in Thai as Khlongs, that were used by the local people for transportation, communication, and trade. During this period, many European visitors to Bangkok referred to the city as the “Venice of the East.” This name still rings true today as you see elderly vendors paddling wooden boats up and down the canal selling everything from vegetables and noodles to modern goods like electric fans and radios.
Today, most of the canals in Bangkok have been filled in and converted into paved roads. However, on the Western bank of the Chao Phraya River, many of these Khlongs still remain and are used every day by the residents of Thonburi.
Customer feedback – “A truly unforgettable journey using a mode of transportation now rarely used.”
On the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour you will explore further into the deep canals of Thonburi area, seeing for yourself the historical, cultural, and societal impact of canals on the lives of the local people. If you are looking to have the most time to explore and the best opportunities for great photographs of this area we highly suggest you book the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour rather than our 50 (approx) minute Bangkok Canal Tour.
Customer feedback – “We loved seeing children feeding the fish and then jumping in to swim with them from the wooden docks of their homes. Our guide told us that many of the canal homes have a fish farm under their home and the children always swim with the fish to stay cool in the summer heat.”
On our private tour of the canals our highly attentive tour guide can accommodate your travel needs as well as make suggestions for visiting places along the riverside.
The Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can easily become the start to a full day of sightseeing, especially considering that there are many attractions nearby and along the canals. The Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour includes stops at the Royal Thai Barge Museum and a beautiful Orchid Farm.
Attending a traditional Thai puppet show is a rare treat that is offered along with our Bangkok Canal and Thai Puppet Show Tour, which is popular with families traveling with children.
We also recommend a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to any of our Bangkok canal tours. Book a private tour guide with Your Thai Guide to arrange your completely private and custom Bangkok canal tour with any or all of these options.
Our scenic Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour can be enjoyed any day of the week.
Boat fees: 2,500 Baht covers the price of an entire boat for up to 8 visitors on this particular tour.
Things you should be aware of when embarking on the Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour:
- Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
- Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour. Some of our previous guests have been professional and aspiring photographers who booked this tour with us so that they could take pictures of life along the canals.